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Name Category Location
 
3e arrondissement
The thick crowds that flock to the Place des Vosges rarely venture...
Neighborhoods / Streets The Marais
 
Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue
Art Nouveau genius Hector Guimard built this unique synagogue...
Religious Sites The Marais
 
American Church
Not to be confused with the American Cathedral, across the river...
Religious Sites Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Ancien Cloître Quartier
Hidden in the shadows of Notre-Dame is this evocative, often-overlooked...
Neighborhoods / Streets The Islands
 
Aquarium de Paris
An aquarium and cinema may seen like a strange combination but...
Zoos / Aquariums Champs-Élysées
 
Arc de Triomphe
Inspired by Rome's Arch of Titus, this colossal, 164-foot triumphal...
Memorials / Monuments, Viewpoints Champs-Élysées
 
Archives Nationales
Thousands of important historical documents are preserved inside...
Libraries The Marais
 
Arènes de Lutèce
This Roman amphitheater, designed as a theater and circus, was...
Archaeological Sites The Latin Quarter
 
Au Printemps
Spread across three buildings, this vast upscale department store...
Stores / Malls Les Grands Boulevards
 
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Marcel Proust lovingly described the genteel elegance of the...
Neighborhoods / Streets Champs-Élysées
 
Basilique de St-Denis
Built between 1136 and 1286, St-Denis Basilica is one of the...
Religious Sites Montmartre
 
Bateau-Lavoir
The birthplace of Cubism isn't open to the public, but a display...
Houses / Mansions Montmartre
 
Bercy
Tucked away south of the Gare de Lyon in the 12e arrondissement...
Neighborhoods / Streets Eastern Paris
 
Bibliothéque National François Mitterand
The National Library of France, across the sleek Simone de Beauvoir...
Libraries Eastern Paris
 
Bibliothèque Nationale Richelieu
Superseded by the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterand...
Libraries Around the Louvre
 
Bois de Boulogne
When Parisians want to experience the great outdoors without...
Parks, Arts / Performance Venues, Gardens / Arboretums, Amusement Parks, Trails, Carousels Western Paris
 
Bois de Vincennes
Like the Bois de Boulogne to the west, this much-loved retreat...
Gardens / Arboretums Eastern Paris
 
Bourse du Commerce
Best approached from the rear, the old Commerce Exchange looks...
Financial Institutions Around the Louvre
 
Canal St-Martin
This once-forgotten canal has morphed into one of the city's...
Bodies of Water Eastern Paris
 
Carré Roland Dorgelès
This unassuming square is a perfect place to take in two of Montmartre's...
Squares, Wineries / Breweries Montmartre
 
Carrefour de Buci
Just behind the neighborhood's namesake St-Germain church, this...
Neighborhoods / Streets St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Castel-Béranger
It's a shame you can't go inside this house, which is considered...
Houses / Mansions Western Paris
 
Centre Pompidou
Love it or hate it, the Pompidou is certainly the city's most...
Architectural Sites The Marais
 
Champ de Mars
Flanked by tree-lined paths, this long expanse of grass lies...
Parks Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Chocostory: Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat
Considering that a daily dose of chocolate is practically obligatory...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Cimetière de Montmartre
Overshadowed by better-known Père-Lachaise, this cemetery is...
Cemeteries Montmartre
 
Cimetière du Montparnasse
Many of the neighborhood's most illustrious residents rest here...
Cemeteries Montparnasse
 
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
Bring a red rose for "the Little Sparrow" Edith Piaf when you...
Cemeteries Eastern Paris
 
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
The greatest gems of French architecture are represented at the...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Closerie des Lilas
Now a popular and pricey bar-restaurant, the Closerie remains...
Restaurants Montparnasse
 
Comédie Française
Refined productions by Molière and Racine are staged regularly...
Arts / Performance Venues Around the Louvre
 
Conciergerie
Most of the Ile de la Cité's medieval structures fell victim...
Architectural Sites The Islands
 
Cour du Commerce St-André
Like an 18th-century engraving come to life, this charming street...
Neighborhoods / Streets St-Germain-des-Prés
 
École Nationale des Beaux-Arts
Occupying three large mansions near the Seine, the national fine...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue), Educational Institutions St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Église de la Madeleine
With its rows of uncompromising columns, this enormous neoclassical...
Religious Sites Around the Louvre
 
Église St-Germain-des-Prés
Paris's oldest church was built to shelter a simple shard of...
Religious Sites St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Église St-Germain-l'Auxerrois
Founded in 500 AD, this grand church across from the Louvre's...
Religious Sites Around the Louvre
 
Église St-Merry
This impressive Gothic church, in the shadow of the Centre Pompidou...
Religious Sites The Marais
 
Église St-Sulpice
Dubbed the Cathedral of the Rive Gauche, this enormous 17th-century...
Religious Sites St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to...
Memorials / Monuments Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Espace Salvador-Dalí
One of several museums dedicated to the Surrealist master, the...
Museums / Galleries Montmartre
 
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
There's no shortage of museums in Paris, but this eye-catching...
Museums / Galleries, Gardens / Arboretums Montparnasse
 
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photography has deep roots in Montparnasse, as great experimenters...
Museums / Galleries Montparnasse
 
Fondation Le Corbusier
Maison La Roche is a must-see for architecture and design lovers...
Architectural Sites Western Paris
 
Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent
With his business partner, Pierre Bergé, the late fashion designer...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Galerie Véro-Dodat
A lovely 19th-century passage, gorgeously restored, the Véro-Dodat...
Stores / Malls Around the Louvre
 
Galerie Vivienne
Considered the grande dame of Paris's 19th-century passages...
Stores / Malls Around the Louvre
 
Galeries Lafayette
The stunning Byzantine glass coupole (dome) of the city's most...
Stores / Malls Les Grands Boulevards
 
Grand Palais
With its curved-glass roof and gorgeously restored Belle Époque...
Museums / Galleries, Arts / Performance Venues, Architectural Sites Champs-Élysées
 
Grande Galerie de l'Évolution
With a parade of taxidermied animals ranging from the tiniest...
Museums / Galleries The Latin Quarter
 
Halle St-Pierre
This elegant iron-and-glass 19th-century market hall at the foot...
Markets / Bazaars Montmartre
 
Hôtel de Sens
One of the few remaining structures in Paris from the Middles...
Castles / Palaces The Marais
 
Hôtel de Sully
This early Baroque gem, built in 1624, is one of the city's loveliest...
Houses / Mansions, Gardens / Arboretums The Marais
 
Hôtel de Ville
Overlooking the Seine, City Hall contains the residence and offices...
Government Buildings The Marais
 
Hôtel des Invalides
The Baroque complex known as Les Invalides (pronounced lehz-ahn-vah-leed)...
Memorials / Monuments Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Hôtel Drouot
Hidden away in a small antiques district, not far from the opera...
Markets / Bazaars Les Grands Boulevards
 
Institut de France
The Institut is one of France's most revered cultural institutions...
Government Buildings St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Institut du Monde Arabe
This eye-catching metal-and-glass tower by architect Jean Nouvel...
Museums / Galleries, Libraries The Latin Quarter
 
Jardin Atlantique
Built above the tracks of Gare Montparnasse, this park nestled...
Gardens / Arboretums Montparnasse
 
Jardin des Plantes
Opened in 1640 and once known as the Jardin du Roi (or King's...
Parks, Gardens / Arboretums, Zoos / Aquariums The Latin Quarter
 
Jardin des Tuileries
The quintessential French garden, with its verdant lawns, manicured...
Parks Around the Louvre
 
Jardin du Luxembourg
Everything that is charming, unique, and befuddling about Parisian...
Gardens / Arboretums St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Jeu de Paume
This Napoleon III-era building at the north entrance of the Jardin...
Museums / Galleries Around the Louvre
 
La Coupole
One of Montparnasse's most famous brasseries, La Coupole opened...
Restaurants Montparnasse
 
La Défense
First conceived in 1958, this Modernist suburb just west of Paris...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue), Neighborhoods / Streets, Stores / Malls Western Paris
 
La Grande Mosquée de Paris
This awe-inspiring white mosque, built between 1922 and 1926...
Religious Sites The Latin Quarter
 
La Maison Rouge
One of the city's premier spaces for contemporary art, La Maison...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Paris
 
La Sorbonne
You can't get into the city's most famous university without...
Educational Institutions The Latin Quarter
 
Le 104
Le Cent Quatre takes its name from its address in a rough-around-the-edges...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Paris
 
Le Musée de la Préfecture de Police
Crime buffs will enjoy this museum hidden on the second floor...
Museums / Galleries The Latin Quarter
 
Les Arts Décoratifs
Sharing a wing of the Musée du Louvre, but with a separate entrance...
Museums / Galleries Around the Louvre
 
Les Catacombes
This is just the thing for anyone with morbid interests. What...
Cemeteries Montparnasse
 
Les Égouts
Leave it to the French to make even sewers seem romantic. Part...
Archaeological Sites Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Les Halles
For 800 years, Paris was fed by the acres of food halls overflowing...
Historic Districts / Sites Around the Louvre
 
The Louvre
The most recognized symbol of Paris is the Tour Eiffel, but the...
Museums / Galleries Around the Louvre
 
Mairie du 6e
The "town hall" of the 6e arrondissement (as "mairie" is roughly...
Arts / Performance Venues, Government Buildings St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Maison de Baccarat
Designer Philippe Starck brought an irreverent Alice in Wonderland...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Maison de Balzac
Literature aficionados can visit the modest home of the great...
Houses / Mansions Western Paris
 
Maison de Victor Hugo
France's most famous scribe lived in this house on the northeast...
Houses / Mansions The Marais
 
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Much of the credit for the city's ascendancy as a hub of international...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Manufacture des Gobelins
Tapestries have been woven at this spot in southeastern Paris...
Industrial Sites, Educational Institutions The Latin Quarter
 
Marché d'Aligre
Place d'Aligre boasts two of Paris's best markets: the lively...
Markets / Bazaars Eastern Paris
 
Marché Edgar Quinet
One of the best ways to experience local living, this excellent...
Markets / Bazaars Montparnasse
 
Mémorial de la Shoah
The first installation in this compelling memorial and museum...
Memorials / Monuments The Marais
 
Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation
On the eastern tip of the Ile de la Cité lies this stark monument...
Memorials / Monuments The Islands
 
Moulin de la Galette
Of the 14 windmills (moulins) that used to sit atop this hill...
Windmills Montmartre
 
Moulin Rouge
When this world-famous cabaret opened in 1889, aristocrats, professionals...
Arts / Performance Venues Montmartre
 
Musée Carnavalet
If it has to do with Parisian history, it's here. A fascinating...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Musée Cernuschi
Wealthy Milanese banker and patriot Enrico (Henri) Cernuschi...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée Cognacq-Jay
One of the loveliest museums in Paris, this 16th-century Rococo-style...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme
This excellent museum traces the tempestuous history of French...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Although the city's modern art museum hasn't generated a buzz...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Musée d'Orsay
Opened in 1986, this gorgeously renovated Belle Époque train...
Museums / Galleries St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Musée Dapper
Dedicated to the art of Africa and the African diaspora, the...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Musée de Cluny
Built on the ruins of Roman baths, the Hôtel de Cluny has been...
Museums / Galleries The Latin Quarter
 
Musée de l'Érotisme
What better place for the Museum of Erotic Art than smack in...
Museums / Galleries Montmartre
 
Musée de l'Orangerie
The lines can be long to see Claude Monet's huge, meditative...
Museums / Galleries Around the Louvre
 
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
Mark this down as one of Paris's most bizarre—and fascinating—collections...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Musée de la Monnaie
Louis XVI transferred the royal mint to this imposing mansion...
Museums / Galleries St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Musée de la Poupée
Providing an impressive overview of dolls through the ages, this...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Musée de la Vie Romantique
A visit to the charming Museum of the Romantic Life, dedicated...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée de Montmartre
In its turn-of-the-20th-century heyday, the building—now home...
Museums / Galleries Montmartre
 
Musée Delacroix
The final home of artist Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) contains...
Museums / Galleries St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Musée des Arts et Métiers
Science buffs should not miss this cavernous museum, Europe's...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Musée du Parfum
More of a showroom than a museum, the small exhibit run by parfumier...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée du Quai Branly
This eye-catching museum overlooking the Seine was built by star...
Museums / Galleries Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Musée du Vin
Oenophiles with some spare time will enjoy this quirky museum...
Museums / Galleries Western Paris
 
Musée Edith Piaf
Devotees will appreciate the tiny two-room apartment where the...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Paris
 
Musée Grévin
If you like wax museums, this one founded in 1882 ranks among...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée Guimet
The outstanding Musée Guimet boasts the western world's biggest...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Musée Jacquemart-André
Perhaps the city's best small museum, the opulent Musée Jacquemart-André...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée Maillol
Bronzes by Art Deco sculptor Aristide Maillol (1861–1944), whose...
Museums / Galleries St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Musée Marmottan Monet
A few years ago the underrated Marmottan tacked "Monet" onto...
Museums / Galleries Western Paris
 
Musée National de la Légion d'Honneur
A must for military-history buffs, the National Museum of the...
Museums / Galleries St-Germain-des-Prés
 
Musée National de la Marine
Perfect for naval and history buffs, this underrated museum in...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Musée National Gustave-Moreau
Visiting the quirky town house and studio of painter Gustave...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée Nissim de Camondo
The story of the Camondo family is steeped in tragedy, and it's...
Museums / Galleries Les Grands Boulevards
 
Musée Picasso
To the chagrin of Picasso fans everywhere, this immensely popular...
Museums / Galleries The Marais
 
Musée Rodin
Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) briefly made his home and studio in...
Museums / Galleries, Gardens / Arboretums Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Musée Zadkine
The sculptor Ossip Zadkine spent nearly four decades living in...
Museums / Galleries, Gardens / Arboretums Montparnasse
 
Nicolas Flamel's Home
Built in 1407 and reputed to be the oldest house in Paris (though...
Houses / Mansions The Marais
 
Notre-Dame
Looming above Place du Parvis on the Ile de la Cité is the iconic...
Religious Sites The Islands
 
Opéra de la Bastille
Paris's main opera house opened its doors on July 14, 1989, to...
Arts / Performance Venues Eastern Paris
 
Opéra Garnier
Haunt of the Phantom of the Opera and the real-life inspiration...
Arts / Performance Venues Les Grands Boulevards
 
Palais Bourbon
The most prominent feature of the Palais Bourbon—home of the...
Government Buildings Around the Eiffel Tower
 
Palais de Chaillot
This honey-color Art Deco cultural center on Place du Trocadéro...
Museums / Galleries, Arts / Performance Venues, Gardens / Arboretums Champs-Élysées
 
Palais de Justice
This 19th-century neoclassical courthouse complex occupies the...
Castles / Palaces The Islands
 
Palais de la Découverte
The Palace of Discovery, a popular science museum in the rear...
Museums / Galleries, Observatories / Planetariums Champs-Élysées
 
Palais de Tokyo
The go-to address for some of the city's funkiest exhibitions...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode
The city's Museum of Fashion occupies a suitably fashionable...
Museums / Galleries, Castles / Palaces Champs-Élysées
 
Palais-Royal
The quietest, most romantic Parisian garden is enclosed within...
Squares Around the Louvre
 
Panthéon
Rome has St. Peter's, London has St. Paul's, and Paris has the...
Memorials / Monuments The Latin Quarter
 
Parc de la Villette
This former abattoir is now a 130-acre ultramodern park. With...
Parks Eastern Paris
 
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
If you're tired of perfectly manicured Parisian parks with lawns...
Parks Eastern Paris
 
Parc Monceau
This exquisitely landscaped park began in 1778 as the Duc de...
Parks Les Grands Boulevards
 
Passage du Grand-Cerf
This pretty glass-roofed arcade was built in 1825 and expertly...
Stores / Malls Around the Louvre
 
Passy Cemetery
Visiting graveyards in Paris can become addictive. The Passy...
Cemeteries Western Paris
 
Pavillon de l'Arsenal
If your knowledge of Paris history is nul (nil), stop here for...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Paris
 
Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
The "little" palace has a small, overlooked collection of excellent...
Museums / Galleries Champs-Élysées
 
Pinacothèque de Paris
The Pinacothèque, one of the city's most original art spaces...
Museums / Galleries Around the Louvre
 
Piscine Josephine Baker
This modern floating aquatic center, named after the much-beloved...
Architectural Sites, Pools, Spas Eastern Paris
 
Place Dauphine
The Surrealists called Place Dauphine "le sexe de Paris" because...
Squares The Islands
 
Place de la Bastille
Nothing remains of the infamous Bastille prison, destroyed more...
Squares Eastern Paris
 
Place de la Concorde
This square at the foot of the Champs-Élysées was originally...
Squares Around the Louvre
 
Place des Abbesses
This triangular square is typical of the countrified style that...
Squares Montmartre
 
Place des Vosges
The oldest square in Paris and—dare we say it?—the most beautiful...
Squares The Marais
 
Place du 18-Juin-1940
Next to Tour Montparnasse, this square commemorates an impassioned...
Squares Montparnasse
 
Place du Tertre
Artists have peddled their wares in this square for centuries...
Squares Montmartre
 
Place Jean-Baptiste-Clément
Monsieur Clément, a singer, was "Mayor of Montmartre" during...
Squares Montmartre
 
Place St-Michel
This square was named for Gabriel Davioud's grandiose 1860 fountain...
Squares The Latin Quarter
 
Place Vendôme
Jules-Hardouin Mansart, an architect of Versailles Palace, designed...
Squares Around the Louvre
 
Porte Dauphine métro entrance
Visitors come here to snap pictures of the queen of subway entrances—one...
Architectural Sites Western Paris
 
Rue d'Auteuil
This narrow shopping street escaped Haussmann's urban renovations...
Markets / Bazaars, Neighborhoods / Streets Western Paris
 
Rue Montorgueil
Rue Montorgueil was once the gritty oyster hub of Les Halles...
Neighborhoods / Streets Around the Louvre
 
Rue Mouffetard
This winding cobblestone street is one of the city's oldest and...
Neighborhoods / Streets The Latin Quarter
 
Sacré-Coeur
It's hard to not feel as though you're climbing up to heaven...
Religious Sites Montmartre
 
Saint Jean L'Evangéliste de Montmartre
This eye-catching church was the first modern house of worship...
Religious Sites Montmartre
 
Sainte-Chapelle
Built by the obsessively pious Louis IX (1226–70), this Gothic...
Religious Sites The Islands
 
Square du Vert-Galant
The equestrian statue of the Vert Galant himself—amorous adventurer...
Squares The Islands
 
St-Étienne-du-Mont
This jewel box of a church has been visited by several popes...
Religious Sites The Latin Quarter
 
St-Eustache
Built as the market neighborhood's answer to Notre-Dame, this...
Religious Sites Around the Louvre
 
St-Julien-le-Pauvre
This tiny shrine in the shadow of Notre-Dame is one of the three...
Religious Sites The Latin Quarter
 
St-Louis-en-L'Ile
You can't miss the unusual lacy spire of this church as you approach...
Religious Sites The Islands
 
St-Paul–St-Louis
The leading Baroque church in the Marais, its dome rising 180...
Religious Sites The Marais
 
St-Pierre de Montmartre
Tucked in the shadow of mighty Sacré-Coeur is one of the oldest...
Religious Sites Montmartre
 
Studio 28
This little movie house has a distinguished history: when it...
Arts / Performance Venues Montmartre
 
Tenniseum
This sprawling museum, sponsored by the French Tennis Federation...
Museums / Galleries Western Paris
 
Tour Jean Sans Peur
This fascinating little tower is the only remnant of a sprawling...
Architectural Sites Around the Louvre
 
Tour Montparnasse
One of continental Europe's tallest skyscrapers offers visitors...
Architectural Sites, Viewpoints Montparnasse
 
Viaduc des Arts/Promenade Plantée
Once a train line from the Paris suburbs to Bastille, this redbrick...
Stores / Malls Eastern Paris
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